Nearly every acre of corn and soybeans in Lafayette and Grant counties has been affected to some degree, according to University of Wisconsin Extension agents.
“We would like to see things settle down into a nice regular pattern of rainfall. If that happens, we could see good crop yields,” said Ted Bay, a UW Extension crops and farm management agent for Grant and Lafayette counties.
The other dominant crops grown in the county — corn, soy, wheat and alfalfa — also may be affected by the weather, but the final damage results won’t be known until harvest time, said Annie Deutsch, the UW-Extension agriculture agent for Door and Kewaunee counties.
Heather Schlesser is an agriculture educator at the Marathon County branch of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, which means that she works with farmers of all ages. Mostly, she said, she sees farms passed in succession from an aging parent to sons and daughters who will continue the work.
But increasingly, she’s seeing younger people with no background in farming.
Kroon got in touch with Sharon Morrisey, the consumer horticulture agent for the Milwaukee County University of Wisconsin-Extension. Because Morrisey oversees plant diagnostics, she was immediately interested in Kroon’s lily, and her excitement only grew.
“Mosquitoes certainly are out in force. I mean this is Wisconsin, after all. We’ve had a lot of rain this year, so it is not surprising the mosquito numbers we’re seeing, but they seem to have really picked up in the last couple of weeks,” said P.J. Liesch, extension entomologist with UW-Madison.
Extension Agent Aerica Bjurstrom says the county did a good job showcasing its vibrant agricultural community, which employs about a quarter of the county’s workforce by providing over 2,600 jobs. Its dairy industry is made up of a mixture of larger free-stall set-ups as well as traditional smaller farms; and is among Wisconsin’s top 10 dairy counties for overall production.
Heidi Johnson, Dane County UW Extension, has been working on cover crop monitoring with farmers in that area. She reported on the on-going project and says, “First you need to think about your goal when establishing cover crops.”